A VETERINARY business is to take the place of a family restaurant as part of the £4 million development of Dalgety Bay Gateway.

The Press reported in March that Marston’s would no longer be a key business in the regeneration at the entrance to the town.

Instead, Vets4Pets have applied to Fife Council as a replacement for the chain. Marston’s said they would not be progressing with the site as a change in the market, since initial Scarborough Muir Group plans were approved in 2015, meant it no longer fitted their criteria.

In the application for a change of use on behalf of Vets4Pets, Savills (UK) Limited said the surgery would create nine jobs, including three vets, four nurses and two receptionists.

They said: “This proposal will allow for a range of employment opportunities, from lower skilled administrative roles to highly skilled veterinary staff.

"The proposed veterinary surgery will comprise consulting rooms where general pet care advice is given, animals receive basic preventative medicine and treatments, and small scale procedures such as spaying and X-raying are carried out.

“It will include a laboratory, and cat and dog wards.”

The unit will occupy the south-west corner of the site.

A new Aldi store will be part of the £4m gateway development, in Donibristle Industrial Estate, with the land at Ridge Way, where the Fleming Building used to stand, also set to house a Domino’s pizza takeaway and a ScrewFix Direct.

A Coral bookmakers and a Greggs bakery shop are also part of the plans for the site.